Mar 17, 2013 9:00pm EDT
't seem like she's giving hints that the obama administration is going to act, but she wants to first make sure that other people will act with the united states if there's action. so explain, explain what she, what she's doing in france. >> guest: well, first, let me give you the context of that trip because it was one of the most insane trips that i have been on. everything was on the move. it felt like the world was ending. you had the earthquake in japan with the tsunami there and the nuclear crisis, you had a crisis with pakistan where the cia contractor raymond davis was detained, you had, um, the revolution that was just ending in egypt, hosni mubarak had just stepped down, tunisia had already happened, the revolution was ongoing, the uprising was ongoing in libya, syria was just erupting, and you had a couple of thousand saudi and emirati troops filing into, marching into bahrain to try to quell the unrest there. all of this happening at the same time while we're on this flight to paris, and the u.s. is coming under intense pressure to try to do, intense pressure to do something ab
Mar 16, 2013 10:00pm EDT
that any administration, usually at the end but in this case the beginning that palestinian arab arab conflict, parcel bomb president obama's you mentioned or book his first call as president was to the head of the palestinian authority. how did that get derailed? it seems like it's no longer -- maybe it's become a front runner's shoe but at least for the first three years as a presence he went to the back burner. what happened there? >> guest: several things and it certainly wasn't for the lack of trying on the part of this administration. you can summon up by saying executions were raised -- expectations were raised too high by the administration's was a belief that perhaps there was a window of opportunity that could be used to advance the talks but all the misreadings in the united states about what had changed on the ground in israel and the palestinian territory and where each of the players was. netanyahu and mahmoud and there is also the sense that if you are the american president you can make anything move. then you bump up against reality. there is a certain reality on the
Mar 18, 2013 12:00am EDT
administration, usually at the end but in this case at the beginning is the israeli palestinian conflict, president obama you mention in your book, his first call was -- as president was to abbas, the head of the palestinian authority. how did that get derailed? seems like it's no longer -- maybe it's going to become a front burner issue but for at least three years, the presidency went to the back burner. what happened there? >> guest: several things. it wasn't for lack of trying on the part of the administration. you can sum it up by saying, expectations were raised way too high by the president, by the administration. there was a belief that perhaps there was a window of opportunity that could be used to advance the talks. but there was a misreading in the united states about what had changed on the ground in and are in the palestinian territories, and where each of the players was, netanyahu, and abbas. and there is often the sense that if you're the american president, you can make anything move, and then you bump against reality, and it's not enough to be -- the president changed.
Mar 17, 2013 12:00pm EDT
government. and there are some signs i think that the obama administration is at least thinking about the. that. i reference executive order that came from the office of management budget lashes suggesting there should be a higher standard of evidence-based work in terms of federal grant making procedure. obama has done to fund for social innovation to which is in no every thinking of government acts and the terrible sector. that leads me into an optimistic as you say, but i think it's a reasonable place to focus a certain amount of energy into think about whether it can be done at least in part. i'll be the optimist for once. >> host: about midway through the book, you chronicle some stories of what i refer to as the scoundrels in the sector. and one of any refer to as the association for firefighters and paramedics. self-enrichment, masquerading as a charity, and you say a website that is a marvel of dashed and revealing not a single fact of relevance to the donor. and here's what you then point out. should be the case. number one, what's missing. number one, there's no financial inform